Resources and Funds

*Data updated at 15 March 2019

** The financial allocations of Operational Programmes were reprogrammed as a result of the COVID health emergency. The section is therefore being updated.


The resources allocated to Italy for the 2014-2020 programming period amount to more than €144 billion – of which €46.4 billion EU resources (European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds, European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) resources, and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), and over €98 billion national resources.

Among the above resources, €33,674.5 million refers to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), distributed as follows on the EU Cohesion Policy goal related to Investment for growth and employment:

  • Less developed Regions (Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Apulia, and Sicily): €23,763.8 million;
  • Transition Regions (Abruzzo, Molise and Sardinia): €1,563.5 million.
  • More developed Regions (remaining central-northern Regions): €8,347.1 million.


ESI Funds also include the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), with a budget of €10,444.4 million, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), with a budget of €537.3 million, respectively.

The European Funds landscape is then complemented with resources allocated to the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) objective, equal to €1,136.8 million.

Based on its EU budget size, Italy is ranked second among Member States.

Deadline for EU Funds use: 2023



Cohesion Policy, financed via the ESI Funds, is implemented in Italy by means of 75 National Operational Programmes (NOPs) and Regional Operational Programmes (ROPs).

The Programmes are broken down as follows:

  • 12 National Operational Programmes (NOPs)
  • 39 Regional Operational Programmes (ROPs)
  • 21 Rural Development Programmes (RDPs)
  • 2 National Operational Programmes for Rural Development
  • 1 National Operational Programme for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

The resources including national co-financing for NOPs and ROPs amount to €75,164.5 million and are supported by ESI Funds and by national resources (co-financing).

The 2014-2020 programming cycle endowed Italy with overall €144,836.88 million resources.

Interactive maps on Regional and National Operational Programmes 2014-2020